Bissell Centre provides low-income families with
free temporary childcare for children 0 to 6 years.
Bissell Centre serves 1,400 children annually and incorporates the “learning through play” model to assist in developing children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and cultural growth.
Our ELCC program is designed to foster improved early childhood development outcomes so your child can get the best possible start to life.
Guided by the Play, Participation, and Possibilities – An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta, our team of Early Childhood Educators plan activities that are fun and enhance development of the whole child. Although we do not formally teach concepts such as counting, ABC’s and math, the activities that are planned for expose the children to all of these concepts and learning happens informally and through hands on activities.
We provide two healthy snacks and one meal throughout the day. Our menus focus on healthy meals, which align with Canada’s Food Guide. We work closely with families to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.
We have three outdoor play areas to encourage play, and plan field trips throughout the summer months, which are included in your costs. Our program also takes great pride in being able to keep parents informed of their child’s learning environment within our centre.
Bissell’s ELCC Objectives
- to provide a warm caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social, and Physical Literacy Skills
- to provide a safe environment that is a natural progression from home to school
- to ensure that your child is cared for and is supervised at all times
- to hire educators that are experienced and well trained to provide the best care and enrichment for your child
- to provide a communication system that ensures parent to educators contact throughout the program year
- to set fees that allow the Centre to operate at a full cost recovery basis
Every child care centre in Alberta is regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centres are required to meet the mandatory regulations, and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in your centre, and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the centre.
The purpose of Accreditation in Alberta is to raise the standard of Child Care in the Province and improve best practices in Early Learning and Child Care Services. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and involves great dedication on the part of the educators and the centre.
The benefits of an accredited centre:
- attracts families who are looking for a high quality centre
- attracts educators who are looking to work in a quality centre
- the educators receive support funding
Preschool Accreditation for Bissell Centre’s Child Care Centre was implemented in 2004.
Code of Ethics for Early Childhood Development Program
- Child care practitioners work in partnership with parents, recognizing that parents have primary responsibilities for the care of their children, valuing their commitment to the children and supporting them in meeting their responsibilities to their children.
- Child care practitioners demonstrate caring for all children in all aspects of their practice.
- Child care practitioners work in ways that enhance human dignity in trusting, caring and co-operative relationships that respect the worth and uniqueness of the individual.
- Child care practitioners promote the health and well-being of all children
- Child care practitioners pursue, on an ongoing basis, the knowledge, skills and self-awareness needed to be professionally competent.
- Child care practitioners enable children to participate to their fullest potential in environments carefully planned to serve individual needs and to facilitate the child’s progress in the social, emotional, physical and cognitive areas of development.
- Child care practitioners work in partnership with colleagues and other service providers in the community to support the well-being of children and their families.
- Child care practitioners demonstrate integrity in all of their professional relationships.
“Thank you to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for providing funding to purchase nutritious food for the children in our care, which will contribute to their overall health and well-being”
We are now accepting applications for 2020! (Limited space)